If you’re on Twitter (some of us are, ahem, on it quite a bit), you might have noticed that something called #20 things I don’t like has been trending lately. I’m going to put my own little twist on this with 10 things (’cause who wants to read through 20?) I don’t get, the runner’s version.
Now please don’t think I am judging you if you like some of these things–my perspective comes from someone who has been running a long time. I sometimes feel quite out of touch with today’s newer runner because some of the things that appeal to that category just miss me entirely. I’m a bit old-fashioned and a whole lot untrendy. Here’s what I mean:
- Paying $150 (or more!) for a half marathon. Nope, no swag in the world is going to get me to that start line.
- Running races with 40,000 other people.
- Disney races–yep, I just don’t see the appeal to dress in character or as a “princess” and run a half or full marathon.
- Nuun. I know, it’s the best thing ever, but it’s not for me.
- Running seven or eight marathons (or even one/month) in one year. I’d rather focus on one or two each year and make the most of them.
- Belts for stashing phones, keys, gels, etc. I just don’t want to carry all that much stuff.
- Sparkly skirts. See note on Disney.
- Headphones at races. Or when running with friends (seen it more than once).
- The appeal of treadmills. I loathe them!
- Lululemon. I know, I know. They have really cute stuff. I own a piece. But it’s overpriced. Period.
By now you have probably decided that I am an old curmudgeon, and maybe I am. Like I said, I don’t think any less of anyone for whom these things appeal. I am merely pointing out what I’ll dub a running “generational gap,” between old schoolers like me and newer runners.
Maybe you can make me see the light on these things? What running related things don’t you get?